Pre-Amplifier SPA Series - Spectrum Instrumentation

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Pre-Amplifier SPA Series
• External Pre-Amplifier for all A/D cards
• Low noise/high gain
• Allows to acquire smallest signals
with high resolution
• 5 different versions
• 20 dB to 60 dB gain
• up to 2 GHz bandwidth
• AC/DC coupling
• Manual offset compensation (DC versions)
• No programming necessary
General Information
Very low Input Noise
Although all Spectrum A/D cards have a very powerful input section with a highly configurable input amplifier and a variety of input ranges it is sometimes
necessary to have additional external amplifiers if the
signal to acquire has an extremely low level. Spectrum
offers a range of perfectly matching external amplifiers to cover such cases. These powerful amplifiers
have been rated using the Spectrum cards and offer
best performance together with high amplification
rates.
Low input noise is very important for a good signal-to-noise ratio, especially when
amplifying small signals. All SPA Amplifiers are optimized for minimum input
noise reaching excellent values as low as 0.9 nV/√Hz.
The amplifiers are simply connected between the signal source and the Spectrum A/D card input and can
be manually switched between different settings using
small lever keys. All amplifiers with DC coupling allow
the offset compensation by using an adjustable screw.
Bandwidth
For optimum signal-to-noise performance choose an
amplifier with sufficient bandwidth corresponding to
the required signal bandwidth. However, keep in
mind that unnecessary high bandwidth introduces
more wideband noise. Therefore, Spectrum offers SPA
Voltage Amplifiers with four different upper cut-off frequencies to match individual measurement requirements. The bandwidth remains constant when
switching between the different gain settings which is
very important for measuring fast signals and pulses.
Order and Delivery Information
The SPA amplifier is delivered with an external power
supply. The power supply
covers 100 to 240 VAC with
50 to 60 Hz.
The SPA amplifier has either
female BNC connectors or femail SMA connectors on both
the input and output. The connector tyoe depends on the
type of amplifer. Please be
sure to order an adapter cable that has a matching connector for the purchased amplifier and a matching
connector type for your A/D card input.
True DC with zero output offset
True DC-Coupling is extremely important for accurate
pulse amplification and analysis especially when different pulse lengths occur like in digital codes or transients with micro- to millisecond duration. If the
amplifier is AC coupled or has a large output offset to
be de-coupled by the AC setting of the digitizer there
will be significant undershoots and baseline shifts in
the measurements. Therefore, all SPA Amplifiers below 1 GHz offer a true DC coupling and an adjustable output offset control even with the 500 MHz
model.
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Technical Data
Model
Lower cut-off frequency
Upper cut-off frequency
Rise/Fall Time 10-90%
Gain (dB)
Gain (amplification)
Gain Accuracy
Input Volt.Noise (20 dB)
SPA.1841
10 kHz
2.2 GHz
160 ps
40 dB
x100
±1.0 dB
n.a.
SPA.1801
10 kHz
2.5 GHz
140 ps
20 dB
x10
±1.0 dB
SPA.1601
DC
500 MHz
750 ps
20 dB
x10
±0.2 dB
SPA.1412
DC /1 Hz
200 MHz
1.8 ns
20/40 dB
x10/x100
±0.2 dB
SPA.1411
DC / 1 kHz
200 MHz
1.8 ns
20/40 dB
x10/x100
±0.2 dB
SPA.1232
DC / 1 Hz
10 MHz
35 ns
40/60 dB
x100/x1000
±0.2 dB
0.7 nV/√Hz
3.0 nV/√Hz
4.5 nV/√Hz
1.2 nV/√Hz
n.a.
n.a.
Input Volt.Noise (40 dB)
0.7 nV/√Hz
n.a.
n.a.
5.5 nV/√Hz
3.5 nV/√Hz
4.7 nV/√Hz
1.8 nV/√Hz
Input Volt.Noise (60 dB)
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
4.7 nV/√Hz
0.9 nV/√Hz
Input Bias Current
Input Offset Voltage
Input Voltage Drift
Input Impedance
Input Coupling
Max Input Voltage
Max Output Voltage in 1 MΩ
Max Output Voltage in 50 Ω
Output Impedance
Output Termination Recommendation
Output Offset Trimmer Range
Connection Type
Dimension
Weight
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
50 Ω
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
50 Ω
15 µA typ
1 mV typ
10 uV/°C
50 Ω
20 µA
2 pA
500 uV typ
250 uV max
1 uV/°C
2 uV/°C
50 Ω
1 MΩ
12 pF
15 pF
±5 V
±4 V
±1.9 V
50 Ω
50 Ω
50 Ω
terminate with 50 Ω load for best performance
±100 mV
±100 mV
±500 mV
BNC female
94 mm x 51 mm x 27 mm
200 grams
±3 V
±4 V
±1.9 V
50 Ω
50 Ω
terminate with 50 Ω load
n.a.
n.a.
SMA female
54 mm x 43 mm x 22 mm
100 grams
50 Ω
±100 mV
10 pA
500 uV typ
5 uV/°C
1 MΩ
15 pF
SPA.1231
DC / 1 kHz
10 MHz
35 ns
40/60 dB
x100/x1000
±0.2 dB
18 µA typ.
500 uV max
1 uV/°C
50 Ω
12 pF
50 Ω
±500 mV
Measuring Results 2 GHz bandwidth
These measurings have been taken using a M4i.2220-x8 (1 channel 8 bit 2.5 GS/s digitizer with 1.5 GHz bandwidth) from series production. For the dynamic paramter measurements a pure sine wave signal from a RF signal generator in combination with a matching 7th order
low pass filter (10 MHz and 600 MHz plots) was used. For reference the same measuring results with and without the amplifier are shown.
Results shown here are typical values which may vary from card to card and may depend on the environment.
Dynamic Params 40 MHz sine signal
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
Plain Card
200 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
46.1 dB
-55.5 dB
58.0 dB
7.3 bit
Plain Card
2 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
7.6 dB
-18.7 dB
23.1 dB
0.9 bit
With Amplifier
2 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
35.4 dB
-48.6 dB
59.2 dB
5.6 bit
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
500 mV Sine
+/-500 mV
46.1 dB
-55.8 dB
58.6 dB
7.3 bit
5 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
14.1 dB
-29.0 dB
31.9 dB
2.0 bit
5 mV Sine
+/-500 mV
41.8 dB
-51.0 dB
53.1 dB
6.6 bit
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
1000 mV Sine
+/-1 V
46.1 dB
-55.6 dB
10 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
20.0 dB
33.9 dB
10 mV Sine
+/-1 V
44.7 dB
-45.9 dB
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
59.8 dB
7.3 bit
36.7 dB
3.0 bit
46.5 dB
6.7 bit
2 mV, 5 mV and 10 mV sine signal without amplifier5
2 mV sine signal with SPA.1841 amplifier
Dynamic Params 600 MHz sine signal
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
Plain Card
200 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
43.9 dB
-45.6 dB
46.3 dB
6.6 bit
Plain Card
2 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
7.9 dB
-20.2 dB
23.5 dB
1.0 bit
With Amplifier
2 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
35.4 dB
-46.8 dB
50.5 dB
5.5 bit
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
500 mV Sine
+/-500 mV
44.0 dB
-48.1 dB
48.9 dB
6.8 bit
5 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
15.9 dB
-29.0 dB
32.1 dB
2.3 bit
5 mV Sine
+/-500 mV
41.4 dB
-51.6 dB
51.4 dB
6.5 bit
Test Signal
Input Range
SNR
THD
1000 mV Sine
+/-1 V
44.4 dB
-47.4 dB
10 mV Sine
+/-200 mV
21.0 dB
34.7 dB
10 mV Sine
+/-1 V
43.6 dB
-48.4 dB
SFDR
ENOB (SINAD)
47.8 dB
6.8 bit
36.8 dB
3.2 bit
52.0 dB
6.8 bit
2 mV sine signal with SPA.1841 amplfier
RMS Input Noise Level (Open Inputs)
Input Range
+/-200 mV
+/-500 mV
+/-1 V
+/-2.5 V
Plain Card M4i.2220-x8
0.31 LSB
0.24 mV
0.42 LSB
0.82 mV
0.35 LSB
1.37 mV
0.26 LSB
2.54 mV
FFT plot in dBC
2 mV sine signal, no amplifier
Amplifier SPA.1841 (40 dB)
1.29 LSB
1.01 mV
0.65 LSB
1.27 mV
0.47 LSB
1.84 mV
0.30 LSB
2.93 mV
Measuring Results 200 MHz bandwidth
These measurings have been taken using a M3i.4140 (1 channel 14 bit 400 MS/s digitizer with 200 MHz bandwidth) from series production. All measurings have been done using the +/-500 mV input range with 50 Ohm termination. The amplifer was also connected to this
input range. For the dynamic paramter measurements a pure sine wave signal from a RF signal generator in combination with a matching
7th order low pass filter (1 MHz and 9 MHz plots) was used. For reference the same measuring results with and without the amplifier are
shown.
Results shown here are typical values which may vary from card to card and may depend on the environment.
Input Noise Level (Open Inputs)
Card with no amplifier ->±500 mV input
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 20 dB -> ±50 mV input
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB -> ±50 mV input
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 40 dB ->±5 mV input
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 40 dB ->±5 mV input
1 MHz sine wave signal with 95% output level
Card with no amplifier ->±500 mV input
SNR = 66.7 dB, THD = -80.6 dB, ENOB = 10.8 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 56.7 dB, THD = -72.4 dB, ENOB = 9.1 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 52.4 dB, THD = -67.1 dB, ENOB = 8.4 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 40 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 44.5 dB, THD = -61.2 dB, ENOB = 7.1 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 34.4 dB, THD = -50.0 dB, ENOB = 5.4 LSB
9 MHz sine wave signal with 95% output level
Card with no amplifier ->±500 mV input
SNR = 65.9 dB, THD = -81.8 dB, ENOB = 10.6 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 56.1 dB, THD = -60.9 dB, ENOB = 9.0 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 52.0 dB, THD = -61.0 dB, ENOB = 8.3 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 40 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 44.0 dB, THD = -59.0 dB, ENOB = 7.0 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 33.4 dB, THD = -49.3 dB, ENOB = 5.3 LSB
40 MHz sine wave signal with 95% output level
Card with no amplifier ->±500 mV input
SNR = 66.2 dB, THD = -72.8 dB, ENOB = 10.7 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 56.0 dB, THD = -47.0 dB, ENOB = 9.0 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±50 mV input
SNR = 51.1 dB, THD = -50.1 dB, ENOB = 8.2 LSB
Card with SPA.1411 (200 MHz, 50Ω amp), 40 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 43.6 dB, THD = -49.8 dB, ENOB = 6.9 LSB
Card with SPA.1412 (200 MHz, 1MΩ amp), 20 dB ->±5 mV input
SNR = 31.9 dB, THD = -49.4 dB, ENOB = 5.0 LSB
Order Information
Amplifiers
(1)
(2)
Order no.
Bandwidth
Connection
Input Impedance
Coupling
Amplification
SPA.1841
(2)
2 GHz
SMA
50 Ohm
AC
x100 (40 dB)
SPA.1801
(2)
2 GHz
SMA
50 Ohm
AC
x10 (20 dB)
SPA.1601
(2)
500 MHz
BNC
50 Ohm
DC
x10 (20 dB)
SPA.1412
(2)
200 MHz
BNC
1 MOhm
AC/DC
x10/x100 (20/40 dB)
SPA.1411
(2)
200 MHz
BNC
50 Ohm
AC/DC
x10/x100 (20/40 dB)
SPA.1232
(2)
10 MHz
BNC
1 MOhm
AC/DC
x100/x1000 (40/60 dB)
SPA.1231 (2)
Information
10 MHz
BNC
50 Ohm
AC/DC
x100/x1000 (40/60 dB)
External Amplifiers with one channel, BNC/SMA female connections on input and output, manually adjustable offset, manually switchable settings. An external power supply for 100 to 240 VAC is included. Please be sure to order an adapter
cable matching the amplifier connector type and matching the connector type for your A/D card input.
: Just one of the options can be installed on a card at a time.
: Third party product with warranty differing from our export conditions. No volume rebate possible.

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